Penguins and squirrels have never been so violent in these games

Penguins aren’t the most skilled accomplices due to the fact that they don’t have hands, but they’ll more or less get the job done. In Biggest penguin heist of all time, you’ll assemble a motley crew of clumsy bird jesters to pull off heists.

We’ve got penguins and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips and work-in-progress screenshots. Every week, the Polygon team scours the internet for the most interesting games still under construction to give you a sampling of the most exciting projects.

This week we also have a squirrel wielding a gun, a game that appears to be made of wood, an epic kaiju fight, and a high-speed dune buggy.

These penguins will steal the greatest known penguin treasure (and then your heart)

In The biggest penguin heist of all time, a cast of clumsy penguins pull off big heists. The creator told Polygon via email that the game was inspired while playing Club Penguin and the Metal Gear Solid series. A excerpt posted on Twitter shows the birds handling explosives, and in this one, one of them picks up a barrel and accidentally smashes it, blowing everything up. You can find more information at penguin Flight on the game’s Steam page.

Feed this squirrel or suffer its wrath

Visual effects artist Dan DeEntremont posted a clip of an extremely realistic and violent squirrel. In the clip we see a super detailed squirrel with plush fur and all. It looks as close to the real thing as a 3D model could get, but then the squirrel picks up a gun and shoots the ground to propel itself through the air. It’s wild, it’s fun – and you can watch the clip and more of his work at his Twitter account.

The most beautiful wooden world

Yullia is a game developer working on Boiso. From what Yullia has shown of the game so far, it has an absolutely gorgeous 3D art style that makes the world look like it’s made of wood. The light pastel landscape shimmers with golden light, creating a beautiful and tranquil effect. A recent clip of the game shows a small bird with a bobbly head. This is a WIP that I will definitely be keeping an eye on. For more beautiful game developers like this, you can check out Yullia’s Twitter page.

Fight this kaiju in style

We’ve written about Wazen’s work before, and the developer shared an update on a game on Saturday. Wazen describes this WIP as a third-person game with anime-style action. In the past, we have seen combat demonstrations against abstract figures in unconstructed settings; however, here we see the fight taking place against a kaiju. In the clip, the hero rushes to protect a residential area and unleashes a chain of combo attacks against the monster. It’s an exciting project, and you can follow it on Wazen’s Twitter.

Take this dune buggy for a ride

Sean Dick is a game developer working on a little game where you drive a dune buggy through dangerous terrain. A clips watch the tiny toy-like car leaping across large chasms and blasting through targets while navigating. Dick has also worked on other runners in the past, so you can check out his previous work on Twitter.

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